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Rings of Power by Mike GIllette

Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)

motivation Podcast Book Focus with Dr. Chad Eldridge and Chris Flores

We did it! We stayed on the schedule (so far). The goal is to put out a podcast every other week on a Thursday so here we go!  This podcast's theme is books that we're reading (which are not necessarily directly related to health/fitness).  There's three people talking this time, myself (Adrienne of with co-host Dr. Chad Eldridge, and we had call in guest Chris Flores join us for the first portion of the show. Find out about the books which are impacting our lives.  (Detailed show notes coming soon!)

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An Experimental Workbook and Interesting Things to Think About

Experimental Fun Book!

Frankly over the past couple months I have been neglecting one of my own weekly "meetings" known as Strategy Wednesday.  One thing after another, maybe a conference call, or more likely a case of getting too psyched about finishing a task on or before the self-imposed deadline for it caused Strategy Wednesday to fall by the wayside.  This was not a good thing, but still I kept going saying, "ok ok ok ok ok next week, next week will be different..." while at the same time I kept piling up appointments and self-imposed deadlines.

This needed to stop. And last night, THURSDAY, well technically, very early Friday morning it did.  I was doing laundry and during my favorite new "the laundry isn't done yet, I'm going to climb things and practice stuff until I hear the buzzer" activities, I felt very compelled to return to some of my mobility and skill-based challenges.  I also found myself wanting to practice a very fun Tai Chi sword form I had committed to memory many years ago. 

The main realization was that my basic strength and conditioning training is now something I don't really have to think about or "make" myself do.  It's like brushing my teeth, if brushing my teeth was extremely fun and challenging.  I've made my strength and conditioning training into a fun game, and so it's not been an issue for many years.  But I thought about some of the other things which ARE still issues... the things I want to get better at, but am not training consistently. So at that advanced hour, I started playing around with creating a new mobility routine and organizing what I want to work on more consistently. Little things, no biggie. Little tiny bite-size things that when done on a daily basis might add up to a huge benefit.

Mega Podcast with Dr. Chad Eldridge, DC "The Movement Mechanic" - Goals, The Goonies, Kettlebell Swings and MORE!

So... the game plan is to do more of these Podcasts, and seeing as I've basically found a cool local co-host with a nice quiet office nearby you might be hearing from both of us on the semi-regular if things work out well (and you like the shows). 

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The range of topics discussed is VAST, but there's more than a couple chuckles, and plenty of (we hope) helpful, motivating, info. Not to mention plenty of admissions of personal failings and what we did to get past it to move on to greater triumphs!

Quick Question for 2015.......

Take Control You Have Alternate Options...what will you do differently this year?

Answer in the Disqus comments section below this entry -- I'll start it out!!

In other words.... Don't be THIS GUY in the video below! :) :) (In truth there's a lot to be learned from this little comedy sketch!)

Hawaii, Motivation, Priorities, American Ninja Warrior... [with videos]

Hawaii Adventure, or how I ended up doing pull ups right next to the Pacific Ocean...

Those of you on Instagram already know some of what's in this post, but I wanted to kind of fill in the details here and there.  In recent years I've gotten into a travel habit, so much so that if I have to stick around in one place too long I get a little annoyed.  Granted the constant need of my neighborhood to use leaf blowers and other noisy lawn equipment EVERY morning as soon as legally possible (7AM by city ordinance, which means they crank up full volume at about 7:01AM... I know because I looked) may contribute to this fact. There are many plus sides to Florida, particularly my specific location, but it also drives me nuts sometimes and I like to get outta here. In fact, I'll pretty much fly out at the drop of a hat. We'll chalk it up to strange (misplaced?) priorities, but I won't pretend to be normal, no one is that easily fooled.

In the usual fashion, everything likes to happen at once, so right after I booked a crazy whirl-wind trip to Hawaii (mostly to retain Delta Medallion status for 2015), I got a message from someone in casting for American Ninja Warrior?!?! I arranged a call with him the night before my flight out (had to get up at 4AM the next day...) to hear the details. It was fun to even think about.  I used to watch the Japanese version of the show on occasion and of course had seen the recent video of Kacy just absolutely obliterating the obstacle course! In fact, it seems that Kacy and her resulting popularity and serious inspiration had encouraged ANW to reach out and encourage more women to audition.


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What I'm Reading

(Including but not limited to...)
1. Oh, Florida! Craig Pittman
2. The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story John Laurence
3. On Camera Coach Karin M. Reed

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10% Happier Dan Harris

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